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Aliens of the Deep

What do deep space and the deep ocean have in common? Both are alien worlds waiting to be explored! In this documentary, James Cameron and a team of leading scientists go on an underwater expedition, while comparing the similarities between investigating these two frontiers. Get the movie review and more. »

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Overall: A
Violence: A-
Sexual Content: A
Language: A-
Drugs/Alcohol: A
Run Time: 100
Theater Release: 27 Jan 2005
Video Release: 31 Oct 2005
MPAA Rating: G
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Director James Cameron seems to have caught some sort of ocean bug during his work on the epic movie The Titanic, because since that time most of his filmmaking endeavors have involved underwater excursions. I suspect his brother Mike's invention of a robotic submarine have also added to the obsessive ailment, which has resulted in some spectacular documentaries, like this one.

Aliens of the Deep looks at the amazing animals forms living in an environment devoid of light and air, then asks: If life can thrive here, where else might we find it in the Universe?

It's a thought-provoking question worthy of exploration. And now, thanks to the many miracles of modern technology, anyone with a DVD player can join Cameron and a crew of accomplished scientists in searching for the answers (or at least some fascinating theories).

Coordinating a dive of four submarines dropping thousands of feet below the surface of the Atlantic and Pacific requires great skill and creative problem solving. As the team descends, much of the varied creatures and landscapes they observe are completely new to them, despite their respective expertise in a broad range of scientific disciplines. Perhaps the same may be said for some of the marine dwellers they disturb, because a few of the more inquisitive types come over to investigate the humans' bright lights and fancy machinery.

Comparing the mostly unexplored depths of the sea with the alien enormity of the solar system, the researchers explain how they can apply what they are learning here to future space missions. The production mixes underwater footage, space photos and computer graphics to enhance that message.

For viewers, the voyage is one of discovery as well as an increased desire to "seek out new worlds and boldly go where no man has gone before." Watching a documentary like this may be the perfect way to whet your child's appetite for the exciting search for life and knowledge -- both here on earth and in the vast expanses above.

Aliens of the Deep is rated G:

Studio: 2005 Buena Vista Home Entertainment

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